ArtsInk News & Updates                     May 2016

Ron Carter. 
Photo: Beti Niemeyer.
Ron Carter Named BNY Mellon 2016 Jazz Living Legacy Honoree

Bassist and educator Ron Carter has been chosen as the BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Award Honoree. The Award is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is sponsored by BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment servicing. The BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.
Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, and recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the most recorded jazz bassist in history, he has recorded with many of music's greats including Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.
Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus of The City College of New York after 18 years on the faculty.
Ron Carter will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 7, 2016.

National Endowment for the Arts Funding Increase Opens Artistic Exchange with Cuba through MAAF Programs

USArtists International and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America will receive an additional total of $100,000 in funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to support new artistic exchange between the United States and Cuba.These are among the first awards made by the U.S. government to support artistic and cultural activities with Cuba and Cuban artists and represent a milestone in the journey towards deeper cooperation between the two countries through the common bonds of arts and culture.
USArtists International ("USAI") is the only national grants program available to American music, dance, and theater solo artists and ensembles invited to perform at international festivals and performing arts markets anywhere in the world. Artists interested in applying for USAI should visit the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website. 2017-2018 program guidelines and application deadlines will be posted in mid-July.  USAI is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, is a roster program that features exceptional music, dance and theater artists and ensembles from Latin America and provides grants to eligible performing arts presenters in the United States who contract engagements with roster artists. The 2017-2018 artist roster is currently being formed and will include artists from Cuba. Southern Exposure provides American audiences and communities the opportunity to engage directly with artists through both performance and outreach activities. Presenters interested in participating in the Southern Exposure grant program should visit our website. Southern Exposure is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on USArtists International or Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, please contact Robyn Busch, Program Associate, International at

French American Jazz Exchange Applications Due May 27

Applications for the French American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) are due Friday May 27, 2016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
A partnership of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, FACE Foundation (French American Cultural Exchange) and Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FAJE celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States.
Program guidelines and online application are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website here.
FAJE is made possible through the generous support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique ("SACEM").

Maryland and New Jersey Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers Individual Artist Award and Fellowship programs on behalf of the state art agencies of Maryland and New Jersey. Applications are now being accepted for both programs.

The categories for 2017 Maryland Individual Artists Awards are Music: Composition & Solo Performance, Dance: Choreography & Solo Performance, Poetry, Visual Arts:  Sculpture, and World Music:  Composition & Solo Performance. The application deadline for the 2017 Maryland Awards is July 22, 2016.

New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowship categories for 2017 are Choreography, Music Composition, Poetry, and Sculpture. The application deadline for the 2017 New Jersey Fellowships is July 15, 2016.
To review the program guidelines and connect to the online application, click here then select the tab for the state to which you would like to apply.  

Other Opportunities!

  • The  Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications  for its History of Art grant program, which supports  scholarly projects that  enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era. Next deadline: October 1, 2016
  • The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist working in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre. The 2016 William H. Johnson Prize is $25,000 and the winner will be announced in December 2016. Deadline: November 10, 2016
  • The International Documentary Association is accepting applications for the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Deadline: July 31, 2016